March 15th Newsletter

March 15th Newsletter

Last week, I said I was going to take a break for a couple of weeks.  However, everything has been cancelled so I have had time to collect some great articles and put together this week’s issue.  I don’t imagine this is going to change because I think we’re in for a long disruption in travel and social interactions.  The Top 5:

  1. Let’s start with the Coronavirus. If you haven’t looked at the CDC guidance, please do so.  And even if you have, look again.  There’s a lot of great information here.  I’ve also included four different links in the Teaching & Learning section which present resources and tips for virtual learning, including one teacher’s online teaching plan.  In the Miscellaneous section, there are two articles dealing with communication tips with children.  Frank Donaldson of IPSD passed along his crisis management tips which are certainly valuable.  I imagine this is as far as most of you will get with the newsletter since Coronavirus is dominating our work right now.
  2. In the Leadership section, the Science article “Does Closing School Slow the Spread of Coronavirus?” is insightful and should help school leaders deal with confused stakeholders who don’t understand why school must be suspended. The Atlantic’s article on the “triage” approach and moral dilemmas in Italy’s hospitals is worth a look.
  3. William D. Parker’s powerful blog post “The Power of Sharing Your Own Story” is simply wonderful. He worked to identify 8 powerful stories about his life which he can use to illustrate who he is.  Worth a read for every school leader.
  4. The HBR article “How to Spot an Incompetent Leader” is delightful. It includes a measure of narcissism (!) and discussion about our ability (and failure) to detect signs of incompetence.
  5. At the end of the Miscellaneous section, I include two resources from Dr. Ashley Berner of Johns Hopkins. First, there is a report on pluralism studying the results of the School Choice movement in Indianapolis titled “Does Educational Pluralism Build Civil Society?” and then there is a 45-minute webinar on a new measurement of school culture which she helped develop.  Looks like an interesting and valuable project.